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Mixed Records of Success for Joint Committees

If a camel is a horse designed by a committee, is a duck-billed platypus a duck conceived by a bipartisan, joint committee of Congress? We may soon know, as the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction is mandated to report additional budget savings of at least $1.5 trillion over the next decade by Nov. 23.

Taking Stock of House-Senate Differences

I am often asked about the differences between the House and Senate. Sometimes I jokingly respond, “Do you have another hour?” However, some political scientists make the case that the two bodies have become more alike.

Trade Promotion Authority on Slow Track to Renewal

May 7, 2007 By Don WolfensbergerRoll Call Contributing Writer

New House Adopts Its Rules in the Dark

The adoption of House rules on the opening day of a new Congress is a perfunctory and partisan exercise that gets little attention. It hasn't always been that way, writes Don Wolfensberger.

The Problem Isn't Signing Statements; It's Enforcing the Laws

August 14, 2006By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer

House Threatens Blue Slip in the Face of the Senate

July 31, 2006By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer

McConnell’s Lament Stirs Fresh Breeze of Hope

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), in a floor speech January 8, lamented the sorry state of the Senate today, admitted that both parties are to blame for turning the chamber into a campaign studio, and promised to return to deliberative policy making body if Republicans regain majority control next year.

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